When researching inspiration for this shoot, we kept coming back to the beautiful wedding of Holly and Billy which was originally featured on the lovely blog, 100 Layer Cake, and shot by the incredible Max Wanger. Holly and Billy’s wedding was colorful, fun, and a little bit retro which was the exact feel we we’re hoping to attain with our pancake breakfast.
I love the idea of being able to set up a table anywhere and then getting to spend precious time with friends. The park is the perfect place for a little get together. Throw in some delicious mini pancakes, easy DIY projects, and you’ve got one adorable breakfast! Two of my favorite ladies, Ashley Meaders of The Flashdance and Jesse Chamberlin from Our Labor of Love, teamed up with Once Wed to show just how easy it is to create a sweet DIY pancake breakfast. Here’s more about the shoot from Ashley…
CLICK HERE for all 20 beautiful images and Ashley’s pancake breakfast decor how-tos after the jump!
Starting your day off with good friends and a delicious breakfast sounds like the perfect morning to me.
The paper mobiles are super easy to make. For the base, just take the inside of an embroidery hoop and cover it tightly with a strip of fabric. The rest of the mobile is made out of paper. Just cut strips of paper, fold them in half and then glue the ends together (it helps if you make a flap at one end). Combine smaller pieces into bigger pieces for different designs. Once you get all the paper shapes constructed, punch a hole in the top of each one and then hang with twine. You can customize the mobiles by using differently shaped embroidery hoops or by switching up the paper color and twine.
When it comes to setting a table, sweet and simple always works great. We used vintage hankies as napkins and a soft white cotton for the cover. It’s easy to dress up something simple by sewing on a lace pattern to the bottom of the tablecloth or sourcing a vintage one like we did. The Goodwill stores in Atlanta are always our go to place for cheap linens(this one was only $3).
To top off the mini pancakes, hand draw your guests’ names on colorful stripes of paper, fold in half, glue the ends together, and then poke a sewer through the middle back. It’s a great way to bring the paper element onto the table while creating a personalized touch all at the same time. We also continued the idea by making tags for the vintage syrup containers we found at our local antique market, Kudzu.
Flowers can be daunting for someone who doesn’t deal with them on a regular bases. I take the easy way out and always go to Trader Joe’s. They have beautiful filler flowers and ranunculus always seem to be in season there. We found old tins and used them as the flower containers, along with some charming blue mason jars and vintage coffee and tea canisters.
For all you Once Wed readers, this idea is perfect for a bridal shower!
Event Design: Ashley Meaders of The Flashdance
Amazing Photography: Jesse Chamberlin from Our Labor of Love